karin slaughter

We are so thrilled to welcome back Karin Slaughter with her new book The Kept Woman (William Morrow, Sept. 20, 2016). She is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestseller Cop Town. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world.



A big BookSparks welcome back to Jennifer Gooch Hummer! She is the award-winning author and screenwriter for her debut novel Girl Unmoored. Her new book Operation Tenley is the first in the Fair City Files series. Raised in Boston, Jennifer graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English and moved to Los Angeles where she read scripts for major talent agencies and production companies. A true believer in fairies, Jennifer currently lives in Southern California with her whistling husband, three teenage daughters, and two slightly neurotic rescue dogs.


Sara Shepard

Help us welcome the author of the Pretty Little Liars Series, Sara Shepard, to BookSparks! The first book of her new series, The Amateurs, will be debuting this fall! For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

Georgia Clark

A huge BookSparks welcome to Georgia Clark with her new novel, The Regulars! She is widely published in women’s and lifestyle magazines, has written for TV, and performs improv. She’s the author of fiction novel The Regulars, and the YA novels She’s With The Band and Parched. A native Australian, Georgia lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @georgialouclark.


Welcome to BookSparks Anne Clermont! Anne was born in Kraków and raised outside of Toronto and spent 15 years in California before relocating to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She holds a BS in animal biology, and an MBA. Her background ranges from studying animal behavior to carrying out pancreatic cancer research at one of the world’s largest and most innovative biotech companies. Inspired to write Learning to Fall (SparkPress, Aug. 2, 2016) in part by her own experience of running a show jumping business, she now devotes her time to writing and working as a developmental editor. She lives on an island in the middle of Puget Sound with her husband and two children.

Marcia Maybee

Help us welcome Marcia Mabee with her first book Naked Mountain (She Writes Press, Sept. 6, 2016). She is a retired Washington, DC “lobbyist.” After serving as professional staff for a committee of Congress, she represented nonprofit public health associations before the Administration and Congress for 25 years. She currently writes a blog about living in the middle of the Naked Mountain Natural Area Preserve, a property she and her deceased husband, Timothy Bell, purchased in Virginia in 1988. An ovarian cancer survivor, she also writes about cancer and grief recovery.

Rebecca Clausen

We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Austill-Clausen with her debut book Change Maker (She Writes Press, Sept. 13, 2016). She has initiated hundreds of occupational therapy programs nationwide, serviced over 100,000 clients, and founded highly successful rehabilitation private practices in PA, DE, NJ, LA, and NM. Becky has written for 11 professional publications.

Judith Hennessey

Welcome to the studio, Judith Hennessey! Judith was in the automobile industry for 25 years, operated her own advertising agency and is a full time writer. Her works have appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Actively involved in the film industry, she is the executive producer of 20 Ways, an award-winning short film; has served on the board of New Mexico Women in Film; and is partners in the New Mexico-based production company White Crow Raven Productions. She is also a cowriter of the screenplay adaption of First Rodeo (SparkPress, Sept. 20, 2016). Judy lives on an organic farm with her husband in Missouri.

Krista H

Krista Hammerbacher Haapala joins BookSparks with her debut book Body 2.0 (She Writes Press, Sept. 20, 2016). As a personal, relationship, and sexuality coach, she supports humans of every stripe in creating fiercely fulfilling lives. Haapala finds her own edge daily as a mountain biker, CrossFitter, sailor, and a poet. She lives a few steps from the woods in Maine, and is the mama of two sons and partner to her love, Brian.


Please welcome Lizbeth Meredith and her book Pieces of Me (She Writes Press, Sept. 20, 2016). She is a writer based in Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and a child abuse investigator, and with at-risk teens as a juvenile probation supervisor. Lizbeth published When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help When Someone You Love is Being Abused on Amazon and Nook, and is a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Traveling Alone by Gemma Thompson.


A huge BookSparks welcome to all these amazing Sparks!




June 1, 2016: A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

June 7, 2016: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

June 7, 2016: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

June 7, 2016: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

June 7, 2016: So Close by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

June 7, 2016: Blue Apple Switchback: A Memoir by Carrie Highley

June 7, 2016: Stay, Breathe with Me: The Gift of Compassionate Medicine by Irene Allison

June 14, 2016: Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

June 14, 2016: Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde

June 14, 2016: Accidental Soldier by Dorrit Sasson

June 14, 2016: Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing by Brooke Warner

June 21, 2016: Tracing the Bones by Elise A. Miller

2017-09-07T04:51:50+00:00 June 7th, 2016|New Sparks|

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